By Wayne Harada
Just when you thought “Hawaii Five-0” was making strides, along comes the prospects of the return of the Shelburne story line in Friday night’s (March 14) episode.
Say it ain’t so. Enough, already.
The relaunch of the Shelburne arc comes when Jerry Ortega, the adorable theorist played by Jorge Garcia, discovers that red Champion toolbox while staying with Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) home. On the bottom of the red box — you know, the one that McG’s dad owned and the center of a niggling uncertainties — is a bizarre code and a misspelled “Shelburn.” Without the e.
With Jerry as an announced regular player for the upcoming fifth season, there’s every reason to believe that Shelburne, linked to Mama McG (Christine Lahti), also is ready for prime time again.
She’s been absent, while the scripts have scurried along with more relevant weekly tales. A turnaround is anticipated, darn it.
This, as “Five-0” held on to the No. 1 viewership in its time slot matching last week’s showing with 10.06 million and a 1.4 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics, though “Five-0” trails “Shark Tank” (1.9 demo, down from 2.1 last week) but ahead of its 7.42 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings. The numbers, however, are expected to be adjusted since CBS and ABC pre-empted or delayed some shows due to sports programming, with final numbers due Monday.
The episode, themed “Ma Lalo O Ka ’ili (Beneath the Surface),” also brought back the Mama Williams (Melanie Griffith) character and her spouse (Tom Berenger), amid her divorce issues and his attempts to keep the flame going. The parents of Danno Williams (Scott Caan) get much too much time as third-tier characters on a police procedural.
The key storyline involved two youths, Tommy (Booboo Stewart) and Kelly (Conor Leslie), as abused teens with checkered pasts, on the lam for petty crimes — forcing beaucoup cop chases, flying bullets, and an unnecessary killing of Tommy with a not-so-cool but not unexpected fate for the “victim” that Kelly tried to become, and who obviously wasn’t more than a lying manipulator. So the system works, somewhat — she gets her due, but a question arises: why weren’t McGarrett’s orders to hold fire followed?
There were some usual rituals with a twist or two — a special bromance brewing between Jerry and McG; a veil of secrecy and scrutiny, involving Mama Williams and Danno; and icy bravura not from Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) but from the Cuz herself, Kono (Grace Park), when she admonishes Kelly, “You get nothing,” with cunning sarcasm.
You go, girl! And welcome back.
Not so the implied international spotlight on Cambodia (remember Korea?) regarding the renewed magnification of a tired issue revolving around Shelburne, whatever the spelling.
Oh, and the evening’s best performers:
- CBS' “Blue Bloods” had the best viewership, 12.02 million viewers.
- ABC's “20/20” and “Shark Tank” tied with the best 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating.
- CBS had the most viewers, 9.72 million.
- ABC posted the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.6 rating.